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In last week’s Rap­pa­han­nock News ar­ti­cle about a Vir­ginia State Po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the Rap­pa­han­nock County govern­ment for al­leged mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion of funds, a state­ment could be mis­in­ter­preted sur­round­ing for­mer Com­mon­wealth’s At­tor­ney Peter Luke and his suc­ces­sor Art Goff in an in­stance of over­pay­ment of county funds.

A let­ter in Fe­bru­ary from county trea­surer Deb­bie Knick to the Board of Su­per­vi­sors ad­dressed an al­le­ga­tion that Luke and Goff had been over­paid. In fact, Luke had no­ticed a sec­ond pay­ment and brought it to Knick’s at­ten­tion. She pro­cessed the over­pay­ment. Knick also dis­cov­ered that Goff had not been over­paid, but in fact had not yet been paid for sev­eral hours of work.

As a con­sti­tu­tional of­fi­cer, Knick was ob­li­gated un­der state law to re­port her al­le­ga­tions to state au­thor­i­ties, who then de­ter­mine the need for a deeper in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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